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Safety in the Rain

If you see that it's raining heavily in Clarkston, then consider waiting until it stops or slows down before getting on the road. If you can't wait or you're already on the road when it starts raining, you need to slow your speed so that it's easier to react in an emergency. Visit Bowman Auto Center so that someone can check your tires and windshield wipers to ensure that they are in proper working order.

When you're driving in the rain, you want to turn your headlights on so that other drivers can see your…

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What is Brake Fluid?

It is a non-compressible liquid that transmits hydraulic pressure within the braking system. It composes various components that aid in the slowing movement at the wheels. The vehicle will cause a slowdown or stop.

The brake fluid consists of various characteristics which include:

  • Material compatibility - Brake fluid must be standard with the brake system component.
  • Anticorrosion - It consists of various corrosion inhibitors. They protect the metal components like calipers and master cylinders.
  • Thermal stability and oxidative resistance -
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Comparing Winter and All-Season Tires

All-season tires are ideal when the roads are dry and outdoor temperatures are relatively mild. However, when the snow and the temperatures start to fall, it may be best to put winter tires on your car. This is because they are built to clear snow and slush away from the road, which allows your tire to make better contact with the asphalt.

It is important to note that you may not be able to use winter tires that have studs on them because they can cause damage to paved road surfaces. Therefore, many towns and cities have outlawed their use…

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Top Things To Bear In Mind When Jumping Someone Else's Battery

Playing the good Samaritan when you come across a driver with a dead battery can feel pretty gratifying. At Bowman Auto Center, we want to help Clarkston motorists ensure that these are always positive, feel-good experiences. We believe that the best way to accomplish this is by sharing simple yet important safety strategies.

Always take your time when charging a battery. Moving too quickly can cause you to make a major mistake. For instance, you want to start by untangling the battery wires so that there's no risk of having the connectors be incorrectly placed. 

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Replace a Flat Tire in 5 Simple Steps

Replace a Flat Tire in 5 Simple Steps

All drivers need to know how to replace a flat. There is always a chance you won’t be able to reach emergency services, and flats can occur at any time. Thankfully, we at Bowman Auto Center have prepared this step-by-step guide to assist drivers in Clarkston acquire this knowledge. 

Step-by-Step Guide on Replacing a Flat.

  1. Stop at a safe spot.

    Stop your car at a safe, preferably level ground. Pick a spot on a straight stretch so that oncoming traffic can spot you easily. 
  2. Prepare your car.

    Turn off the engine…
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Not Sure About Oil Changes? Let Bowman Auto Center Help You Out

It can be a bit confusing to think about when your oil should be changed, what products you should use and what to look out for. Unfortunately, there are some motor oil myths that can confuse you. Let us here at Bowman Auto Center provide you with the facts.

  • Oil changes don't have to be performed every 3000 miles. In fact, your owner's manual will provide you with an accurate time frame. You also need to take into consideration the kind of oil used.
  • Using synthetic oil for your vehicle doesn't mean you can't switch to…
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Two Quick Tips On Reading Tire Markings

Many Clarkston motorists have little experience in reading tire sizes. When it comes to making informed purchasing decisions for tire upgrades and replacements, however, being able to interpret tire markings is essential. At Bowman Auto Center, we're eager to share two tips that make understanding these markings a bit easier.

How To Determine A Tire's Class

The very first letter that you see on a tire refers to its class. Tires for light trucks bear the letters 
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How Often Should You Have Your Oil Changed If You Do Limited Driving?

Not all Clarkston motorists drive their cars every day. In fact, many locals keep their autos parked for long stretches of time, and only take them out for essential errands such as grocery shopping. At Bowman Auto Center, we want people to know just how important oil changes are for all vehicles, and just how frequently these services should be performed.

Always Check Your Owner's Manual For Service Recommendations

Older vehicles and cars that have specific engine types should usually have their oil changed once every 3,000 miles.
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Some Ways to Navigate a Roadside Emergency

There is an incredible number of things to think about during a roadside emergency. Oncoming traffic indeed concerns someone worried about a collision. Yet, it might not be possible to move a vehicle onto the shoulder of the road. Walking a short mile for help could mean leaving pets or children alone in the car. If the temperature is too hot, this could place them in danger. And don't ignore any potential "stranger danger" that might arise.

Often, someone dealing with a roadside incident might feel thankful about previously learning how to use a tire jack and other tools…

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Preventing Sparks

When you're replacing your battery, there are a few things that you need to do in order to make sure the process is safe and that the battery is connected properly. Bowman Auto Center can show you which cable to take off first and which one to connect to the battery first after you've installed the replacement.

Don't drop the battery as this can damage the cells and possibly crack the exterior of the part. Make sure your vehicle is turned off when you replace the battery as this could cause a spark to occur when you…

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